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The Best Waterfront Dining Spots in New Jersey | Northern Edition

by Lisa Batitto
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Summer might be coming to an end, but you can still enjoy your meal with a waterside view. Whether you’re in the mood for a cozy family dinner, a casual get-together with friends, or a romantic evening, these waterside dining spots offer a blend of culinary delights and peaceful ambiance. Read on for a list of waterfront restaurants in the Northern New Jersey area.

Battello | 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City

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The Ivy at Chatham

This restaurant has stunning views of the Hudson and a contemporary menu that offers Italian dishes and seafood options. Is it too cold or rainy to dine outside? The dining room’s retractable glass walls create a cozy al fresco vibe that’s just as enjoyable.

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Blue Eyes | 525 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken

Known for its brick-oven creations and Napoletana pizza, this waterfront spot pays homage to Hoboken’s most famous resident, Frank Sinatra. Outdoor dining is available during the warmer months, so visit before the leaves change. Pro tip: Seating is on a first-come basis.

Blu on the Hudson | 1200 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken


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At this restaurant, the Manhattan skyline creates a perfect setting to savor inventive cocktails, and sample dishes that blend New American Mediterranean flavors with Asian influences. The 3,500-square-foot space features a separate sushi restaurant and a lounge area with a fireplace.

Chart House | 1700 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken


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This upscale Lincoln Harbor Pier eatery provides a breathtaking New York City skyline view. You can soak in the Manhattan from the outdoor patio or indoors through floor-to-ceiling windows, making it a relaxed and picturesque dining experience.

Felina Steak at Hudson House | 2 Chapel Avenue Unit 2, Jersey City


Situated right on the banks of the Hudson River, this restaurant offers a contemporary Italian dining adventure. While the Manhattan skyline views are the main attraction, you might find it hard to resist stealing glances into the open kitchen, where the culinary team works their magic.

The Highwood | 500 Avenue At Port Imperial, Weehawken


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Nestled on Weehawken’s waterfront, this hip dining haven serves up inventive American cuisine, creative cocktails, and a dazzling skyline view from its waterfront patio. The innovative culinary infuses classic dishes with a unique twist.

Hudson + Co | 3 2nd Street, Jersey City

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This sprawling 12,000 sq. ft. modern American restaurant treats diners to unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline over the Hudson River. Beyond its stylish decor and atmosphere, the menu offers both shareable options and traditional dining, adding a delicious touch to your visit.

Lokal Eatery + Bar | 2 2nd Street, Jersey City

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Nestled on the Hudson River, this restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create dishes with a global flair. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. You can dine on the open-air patio during the warmer months.

Maddy Rose at Liberty House | 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City

Situated along the Hudson River, this restaurant offers unrivaled views of the New York City skyline. Maddy Rose not only incorporates this aesthetic into its design but also every aspect of the menu, providing a dining experience reminiscent of coastal al fresco settings in Greece or Italy.

Maritime Parc | Liberty State Park, 84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City


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This restaurant has the distinction of being the sole New Jersey establishment included in OpenTable’s list of 14 U.S. restaurants that serve phenomenal water views. In addition to Instagram-ready views, you’ll find seafood dishes, like tea-poached mushroom-glazed sea bass and swordfish with beer broth.

NoHu Rooftop Bar + Restaurant | 550 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawken

Open seven days a week, this restaurant invites guests to enjoy dinner, craft drinks, or a weekend brunch that features menu items like a warm popover served with local ricotta. As the name implies, it is perched high above the Hudson River, providing you with picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline.

McLoone’s Boathouse | 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange


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Set in the heart of the South Mountain Recreation Complex, this spot offers a prime waterfront dining experience along the reservoir. Its picturesque views make it a popular destination for those seeking a serene meal. The menu offers American cuisine with something for diners of all ages.

Molos | 1 County Rd 682, Weehawken


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With its Greek and Mediterranean-inspired seafood offerings, this restaurant sits on the Hudson River. The eatery’s two-story layout boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a New York City skyline backdrop. Guests are invited to savor signature dishes like the whole fish and the tableside-flamed saganaki.

See More: The Best Restaurants With a Waterfront View in Hoboken + Jersey City

Surf City | 1 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City

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Discover this relaxed establishment, a waterfront escape with unparalleled views of Manhattan and Liberty Island. With abundant indoor and outdoor spaces, the restaurant provides vacation-style vibes. Sip on exotic cocktails at community tables, gather with friends by the fire pits, and indulge in a variety of treats.

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